On December 2, the Yemeni Missile Forces loyal to the Houthis announced that it has targeted the Barakah nuclear power plant in Abu Dhabi state of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a cruise missile. The supposed cruise missile successfully hit the nuclear powered plant, according to the Yemeni Missile Forces.
The alleged video of the missile launch:
However, the UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) denied the Yemeni Missile Forces claims in an official statement published by the Emiratis News Agency (WAM). The NCEMA stressed in its statement that “the UAE’s air defense system is capable of dealing with any threats”.
“The authority went on to advise the general public not to pay attention to such rumors disseminated by media agencies issuing false news that question the UAE’s capabilities, strength and security,” the NCEMA said.
Meanwhile, local Yemeni activists reported that a mysterious missile crashed in the area of Sin al-Aswad in the northern province of al-Jawf. The sources published photos from the crash showing what appears to be a warhead similar to the ones usually used in old Soviet and US cruise missiles.
The missile parts also had Shia slogans written on them. This confirms that this is the remains of the cruise missile that was launched by the Yemeni Missile Forces.
Iran bought few Soviet-made Kh-55 cruise missiles from Ukraine in the 90s. The Iranian Army even modified the missiles to become ground launched and called it “Soumar”. However, it’s unknown if Iran has indeed supplied some of these missiles to the Houthis.
This was the second missile attack by the Yemeni Missile Forces in the last 10 days. On November 30, the Yemeni Missile Forces targeted southern Saudi Arabia with a medium range ballistic missile. However, the Royal Saudi Air Defense (RSADF) intercepted the missile successfully.